First Parish of Norwell
First Parish of Norwell Sunday Morning Worship<br/> The Pulpit Adult Choir<br/> First Parish of Norwell<br/> First Parish Members<br/> Baby Care and Preschool Children's Playground The James Library The Kent House<br/> The North River Sharing a Meal<br/> Grandma's Attic at the Holiday Fair Alliance Bake Sale Holiday Fair Knitters Gift Baskets at the Holiday Fair Close-up of the solar panels All Church Family Picnic<br/> Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche blessing the animals. First Parish of Norwell First Parish of Norwell with carriage sheds Rev. Len on Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Candlelight Community  Service

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Are you looking for a welcoming location for your special event? Consider First Parish of Norwell. Our beautiful and historic meeting house, built in 1830, and our adjoining Parish Hall and Fogg Parlor are available and handicapped accessible. The meeting house has a long center aisle and is well lit by daytime sunshine or evening chandelier & candles. Organ, piano, & harpsichord as well as a sound system are available. More info....

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First Parish of Norwell
Unitarian Universalist

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for over 360 years.

Sunday Service 10 a.m.

October 19: Beyond Categorical Thinking
This is a program and a training session hosted by your Search Committee involving the ministerial search.

October 26: Music Sunday

Julian will be leading the service, which will spotlight the life and music of UU Malvina Reynolds. This is a multi-generational service.

November 2: The Samuel J. May Story
Our guest minister will be Minister Emeritus Dick Fewkes.  He will be leading a special service about the service of Rev. May, who served our congregation from 1838 to 1842.  The service will include the unveiling of the recently restored Cold Water Army banner carried by children to fight against the use of liquor.  The banner is a rare artifact of the period and will be displayed at the church.  

November 9: Armistice Sunday
This year’s Veterans’ Day service will look at World War I and the tragedy of the event. Our Service/Outreach Sunday collection will go to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

November 16: Religion of John Adams and
John Quincy Adams

The service will deal with the two presidents that are buried in our church in Quincy. The film “Amistad” will be shown Saturday night, November 15. Anyone who would like a ride should contact Rev. Len.

Beige Line

The Parsonage Remodeling Project continues. Click here for more photos. Parsonage remodel


Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche


Minister Emeritis

Richard M. Fewkes



First Parish of Norwell
24 River Street P.O. Box 152
Norwell, MA 02061
TEL 781-659-7122
Fax: 781-659-7939



Office Hours:
Tues. - Thurs.: 9-1 p.m.
Friday: 9-12 p.m.
(the office is closed on Mondays)


Search Committee News

This is the spot where the Search Committee will post updates and news to keep the congregation informed about their search for a settled minister.

Worship Volunteers Needed

Can you provide a pulpit arrangement for an upcoming service? Would you like to host Coffee Hour? How about being an usher? Would you like to assist Rev. Len with lighting the chalice? Please consider signing up! Sign-up sheets for the upcoming church year are posted in the Parish Hall, or you may contact Hope in the Church Office.